Man charged in kidnapping of visiting Chinese scholar

first_img Related iStock/Thinkstock(CHAMPAIGN, Ill.) — An Illinois man was arrested and charged Friday with kidnapping a visiting scholar from China, who authorities now believe to be dead after she disappeared three weeks ago.Brendt Christensen, 28, of Champaign, Illinois, has been charged in a federal criminal complaint with abducting Yingying Zhang, who vanished shortly after she stepped off a transit bus near the University of Illinois campus in July.The complaint, which was filed in federal court on Friday, alleges that Christensen’s cellphone was used in April to visit an online forum entitled “Abduction 101,” including sub-threads called “Perfect Abduction Fantasy” and “Planning a Kidnapping.”Zhang, the 26-year-old daughter of a working-class factory driver from China, was reported missing by a University of Illinois associate professor on June 9, just weeks after she arrived on the Urbana-Champaign campus as an international scholar researching photosynthesis and crop productivity.According to a 10-page affidavit filed by FBI Special Agent Anthony Manganaro, Christensen was caught on an audio recording while under law enforcement surveillance on Thursday explaining how he kidnapped Zhang. Christensen allegedly stated that he brought Zhang back to his apartment and held her there against her will.Based on that information and other facts uncovered during the investigation, authorities believe Zhang is no longer alive, the affidavit states.Robert Jones, chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, issued a statement expressing “great sorrow” to learn that Zhang is believed to be dead.“There are no words that can explain why or how such a terrible thing should happen, nor is there anything I might say that will ease the grief of any of you who knew her. There will be time for justice and for explanations in the days and weeks ahead,” Jones said. “Yingying is remembered for her kindness, her gentleness and her smile.”According to the federal charging document, Zhang intended to meet with an apartment manager to sign a lease at a complex in Urbana the afternoon of June 9. Surveillance cameras captured Zhang waiting at a bus stop near the university’s campus at 2 p.m. CT when a black Saturn Astra appeared to pass her, then circle the block back to her location.The car pulled over to where Zhang was standing, and she was observed on surveillance video speaking with the driver for about a minute. She then entered the front passenger side of the vehicle and the car drove off, according to the affidavit.Law enforcement personnel investigating Zhang’s disappearance determined there were 18 cars similar to the one Zhang was seen getting into registered in Champaign County.While following up on leads, authorities went to an apartment complex in Champaign on June 12 where they spotted a 2008 black Saturn Astra, which was registered under Christensen’s name. Investigators questioned Christensen, who stated the vehicle was his but couldn’t initially recall his whereabouts on the day Zhang went missing, according to the affidavit.Authorities later determined the black Saturn Astra in the surveillance footage had a sunroof and cracked hubcap, like the vehicle that belongs to Christensen. When they interviewed Christensen again, he admitted to driving around the University of Illinois campus and giving a ride to an Asian woman who told him she was late for an appointment, according the court document.Christensen claimed the woman “panicked” when he apparently made a wrong turn, so he let her out of his car in a residential area a few blocks away from where he picked her up, the affidavit states.Christensen was placed under continuous law enforcement surveillance on June 16.The affidavit says investigators obtained consent from Christensen’s roommate to search the residence, where they seized numerous electronics, including several computers and cellphones belonging to the suspect. They also executed a search warrant on Christensen’s car.The front passenger door of the vehicle where Zhang would have been sitting appeared to have been cleaned more diligently than the other car doors, the affidavit states.“Based on my training and experience, I believe that this type of action may be indicative of an attempt to conceal or destroy evidence,” Manganaro said.Although Zhang is no longer believed to be alive, the affidavit states that she remains missing as of Friday.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

Indigenous-made film explores traditional textile making in the Ecuadorian Amazon

first_imgArticle published by Genevieve Belmaker Arts, Climate Activism, Documentary, Film, Traditional Knowledge Yanda Montahuano, a filmmaker from the Sápara indigenous people in Ecuador’s Amazon region, has just released a short documentary film to share how his culture makes clothes from a tree-based fabric.The Sápara people are fighting to keep oil drilling out of their territory.With the film, Manthanhuano hopes to preserve and return millenary cultural knowledge for the younger generations and demonstrate to the world that the Sápara indigenous people remain alive in the Amazon rainforest. Before clothes from the outside world arrived, the Sápara people of the Ecuadoran Amazon made their own clothes from tree bark harvested in the rainforest. Today, the Sápara are in danger of losing this millenary cultural knowledge as commercial clothing and extractive oil projects threaten their traditional way of life.Enter filmmaker Lenin “Yanda” Montahuano, 28, who produced a short documentary, Sápara Clothing: A Tradition in Danger, in an attempt to restore Sápara cultural knowledge for younger generations and show the world that the Sápara indigenous people’s culture remains alive in the Amazon rainforest.“We wanted to produce this because very few people know about this,” Montahuano said. “As a young Sápara, I wanted to nourish myself from the knowledge of my elders, my grandparents. We don’t want these traditions to be lost.”The film was produced with fellow filmmaker Samantha Castro, who lives in Quito, Ecuador, and was commissioned by If Not Us Then Who?, a U.S.-based nonprofit that aims to highlight the roles that indigenous and local peoples play as stewards of the environment.*In the film, Montahuano’s uncle Arturo Santi shares the story of how the Sápara people learned to produce clothing from the bark of the llanchama tree that “grows in the heart of the forest.”“There used to be no clothing, so long ago our grandparents taught this to us,” Santo says in the film. “During this time thousands of years ago, [the ancestors] learned how to make dresses, bedding, shirts, and chalinas used to carry the babies from the bark of the llanchama.”Stripped and beaten to soften the fibers, the llanchama bark can be transformed into a resistant textile fabric. The process can take up to a week for a person working alone, but with seven people collaborating, as shown in the film, it lasts three to four days. The first day consists of traveling into the forest to find the tree, cut it down and strip off a sheet of bark, Montahuano said. The sheet is then steeped in a stream overnight, and the next day it’s beaten with wooden mallets while it soaks until it softens into a wearable fabric. Finally, the newly created fabric is left in the sun to dry. Once dry, the fabric can be cut as needed for clothing or other needs.A Sápara man in the Ecuadorian Amazon pounds the fibers of the llanchama into a textile. Photo by Yanda MontahuanoMontahuano said there were two kinds of trees used for producing textiles: one red and one white. The red llanchama is the more commonly used tree that is shown in the film because it can be cut at any time. The white llanchama is used for more special occasions because it can only be cut during the full moon cycle.“Most of the time, the white llanchama is too hard to cut and produces a sap that irritates the skin,” Montahuano said. “But in connection with the cycles of the moon, the tree becomes softer and easier to cut.”On these occasions, the white llanchama tree is cut on the day of the full moon. Montahuano described the fabric produced from the white tree as “thinner, softer [with] a desirable color.”As part of their fight for cultural survival, the Sápara people are struggling to keep government-backed oil drilling out of their territory. In 2017, Montahuano participated in a march to the country’s capital, Quito, to demand government respect for indigenous autonomy and to protest the expansion of oil drilling in their territory.“We are under constant threat from the oil companies. They have divided us, even caused us death,” he said. “It has broken our intimate connection with nature, generating a great deal [of] sadness.”A very wet Colombian red howler (Alouatta seniculus) enjoys a banana near the Jandiayaku community. Photo by Yanda MontahuanoMontahuano showed the film at a Sápara assembly, and said he would like to produce a film that tells the entire history of the Sápara, filmed in each of the 25 communities that comprise the indigenous nation, and that protects its threatened language.“Next, we would like to produce a film from the perspective of the territory that tells the struggle, the dream and the existence of the Sápara people,” Montahuano said.In 2001, UNESCO recognized the oral and cultural traditions of the Sápara people as “Intangible Heritage of Humanity.” It noted that the Sápara had developed in what is one of the most biodiverse areas in the world and had cultivated a culture rich in its understanding of the natural environment.“The autonomous Sápara, by actively preserving their culture, as a way of life, are a glimmer of hope, not only for their continuation as a people, but also that they will continue protecting their part of the rainforest,” UNESCO said in a report.Banner image caption: Sápara people in the Ecuadorian Amazon prepare the llanchama tree to be made into fabric for clothing. Photo by Yanda Montahuano .center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Wesley Sneijder to Southampton could be on the cards, claims Dutch football expert

first_imgMarcel van der Kraan, talkSPORT’s expert on all things Dutch football, joins Hawksbee and Jacobs to discuss the chances of Wesley Sneijder moving to the Premier League.Sneijder is reportedly unhappy with life in Turkey at Galatarasay and wants out of the club in the New Year.Manchester City and Manchester United are said to be keen on the playmaker but, according Van der Kraan, Sneijder could link up with his fellow countryman Ronald Koeman at Southampton.“I would not rule out Sneijder moving somewhere in the south where there is another Dutchman,” he said.“Ronald Koeman could do with a player like Wesley Sneijder. He knows him, he has used him in the past.“Don’t forget the agent who brought Koeman to Southampton happens to be the same agent to Wesley Sneijder.”last_img

New Restaurant Announced for Toy Story Land – Roundup Rodeo BBQ

first_imgShare This!It’s gonna be a rootin’, tootin’ good time at the all new table service restaurant that was announced today for Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This much needed table service location is themed around a brand new play area that Andy has set up in his backyard.According to Disney, themed after a rodeo, Andy has used three cardboard boxes cut and taped together to create a new rodeo arena using some of his favorite toys, games, and play sets. While the new area will have a western theme, of course this is Andy’s world, so there will be an assortment of toys that have been brought together to create a colorful mashup-atmosphere that only a child could create.Once inside the Roundup Rodeo BBQ restaurant, you’ll be surrounded by all of the rodeo festivities in-action. You’ll see a western town and train station play sets. Be on the lookout for some of your favorite characters….like the toy Jessie, riding a pull string Trixie, game board piece Prospector, and Bo Peep with her sheep, performing what look like rodeo tricks. Oh and you know Woody is there and he’s captured the Evil Emperor Zurg!This immersive restaurant will provide yet a unique, fun, family-friendly dining experience. No word on when the Roundup Rodeo BBQ restaurant will debut.last_img read more

Epcot’s Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live Debuts Today

first_imgShare This!It’s back again!  The Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live! which premiered last year is being performed again this year at the America Gardens Theatre in Epcot. During the show, Guests are able to experience a live concert that features some of your favorite songs from the two Guardians of the Galaxy movies, see some of your favorite characters (like Star-Lord and Gamora) and watch as an alien band from Xandar performs.To celebrate the Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live! show, you’ll also be able to grab some great new beverages and snacks.©DisneyAt Fife & Drum, for a snack, you can grab a Mix Tart strawberry-filled shortbread cookie. Beverages include the Awesome Mix Slushy which is a frozen blue raspberry, strawberry, and lemonade slushy and it’s served with a fun glow cube; the I Am Root float, featuring Barq’s Root Beer with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and mint leaves; and the Destroyer Punch with orange, pineapple, and lime juices and grenadine. There’s also an adult version of the Destroyer Punch which includes cherry bourbon and is called Galaxy Juice.©DisneyIf you are looking for something a bit more substantial you’ll want to head inside Liberty Inn where you can grab a Space Sandwich which features barbecue pulled pork topped with crispy onions and served on a Kaiser bun with french fries; the Awesome Mix Plate which includes french fries topped with barbecue pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, bacon, and lettuce; the Cosmic Cake which is chocolate cake is filled with vanilla buttercream and space sprinkles; and finally Rocket Fuel, a frozen Coca-Cola slushy with grenadine.Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live! is scheduled to take place from June 14 to August 18. Showtimes are at 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8:00 p.m.last_img read more

SA’s stock exchange lists

first_img6 June 2006South Africa’s only stock exchange, the JSE Ltd, listed on its own exchange on Monday morning.In a momentous occasion in the history of the exchange, guests were joined by Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, and wore a variety of hats in memory of the closing day of the old trading floor nearly 10 years ago to the day.By 10.30am the JSE had traded in the same region of trades seen in heavyweight companies BHP Billiton and First Rand.The JSE now joins an elite number of international bourses – including the London and New York stock exchanges, Deutsche Borse, Nasdaq, Euronext, the Australian Stock Exchange, the Singapore Exchange and the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing – that have listed on their own markets.For investors in South Africa and abroad, the move brings heightened transparency and visibility to the trading of JSE shares, which in turn has the potential to improve their liquidity and tradeability.The appearance of the JSE Ltd on the main board will allow international and local investors – including institutional and retail investors – the opportunity to compare the JSE as a listed company against its other listed peers.For brokers, many of whom have been members of the JSE for decades, the listing brings yet another counter onto their books to trade.“For the JSE, the listing brings with it an opportunity to both showcase itself to investors as a well-governed company as well as the opportunity to broaden our shareholder base through a broad-based black economic empowerment initiative that was integral to the listing,” said Russell Loubser, CEO of the newly listed exchange.The broad-based BEE initiative consists of two parts: a Black Shareholder Retention Scheme aimed at retaining existing black shareholders, and a JSE Empowerment Fund aimed at funding education for black people wanting to work in the financial services industry.The initiatives will raise the JSE’s direct black shareholding to over 10%.“This listing firmly entrenches the JSE’s commitment to transformation and allows us to lead by example in every aspect of corporate life, including black economic empowerment, as a critical consideration in the social landscape of South Africa today,” said JSE chairman Humphrey Borkum.“It has taken 10 years of hard work to get the JSE to a stage where it can proudly stand up and be counted amongst its peers as a listed company,” said Loubser. “But if you had to ask any of my team, they’d tell you without hesitation that it’s been worth the wait.”As a listed company, the JSE counter appears in the general financial-investment services sector under the alpha code JSE.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

WordPress + Flickr + Creative Commons = Awesome New Plugin for Bloggers

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Photo Dropper also offers an option for commercial users. In the Options section, they can check the “commercial” check box to exclude photos whose license contains a non-commercial limitation.You can download Photo Dropper for free from here. Adding photos to your blog is one of the best ways to enhance your content and attract attention to your writings. The only problem is that finding quality photos to use can be difficult. Bloggers end up going with one of three options: stealing, buying, or using Creative Commons licensed photos. Now, that third option just got easier with the introduction of the Photo Dropper WordPress plugin. This new plugin searches flickr for Creative Commons licensed photos for you to add to your WordPress blog. sarah perez The photo which is placed into your blog automatically has text appended underneath it that says “photo credit” and links to the user who is licensing the photo. The small Creative Commons logo precedes the text as well. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… There are millions of Creative Commons photos in flickr’s database, but finding the right one can take time. The new Photo Dropper plugin simplifies the process by adding a panel to the “Write Post” screen that allows you to search flickr’s database for Creative Commons photos. After entering in your keyword and clicking “search,” the plugin will return photos from flickr matching your search terms. Underneath each photo are four links. Three links, “S”, “M”, and “L”, allow you to post that size photo into your blog. The fourth link will open the flickr page in a new window, so you can double-check the licensing requirements if necessary. Tags:#Product Reviews#web Related Posts last_img read more

12 days agoBournemouth midfielder Billing reveals Iwobi Nigeria chat

first_imgBournemouth midfielder Billing reveals Iwobi Nigeria chatby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth’s Danish midfielder Philip Billing has revealed how he was asked about representing Nigeria by Everton star Alex Iwobi.Billing, who is of Nigerian descent, has represented Denmark at under-19 and under-21 level but has yet to win a senior cap for the nation.He told BT: “It wasn’t until when we (Cherries) were going to play against Everton a couple of weeks ago when Alex Iwobi asked if I might be interested in coming and playing for Nigeria.”He said the coach had asked me. It was the first time I heard anything concrete myself.”He added: “It’s a pat on the back that another country would like you to play for them. I just take that as a shrug and proof that you are doing well.“It would feel strange to have to play for Nigeria, even though my father is from there.“I am half Nigerian and I feel that way too but I was born and raised in Denmark. My mother is Danish and my sister is Danish, so it would feel strange to have to play for Nigeria.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Women identify as assault harassment victims using metoo hashtag

first_imgThousands of women are responding to Alyssa Milano’s call to share the hashtag #metoo on social media and raise awareness of the prevalence of sexual harassment and assault. (John Shearer/Associated Press) Advertisement Thousands of women are responding to actress Alyssa Milano’s call to tweet “me too” to raise awareness of sexual harassment and assault following the recent revelation of decades of allegations of sexual misconduct by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.Milano suggested women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted post the message on Twitter on Sunday. A flood of messages has erupted across Twitter as well as Facebook and Instagram.The actress said she got the idea from a friend, who told her such a tweet “might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.”If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet. pic.twitter.com/k2oeCiUf9n— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 15, 2017 Me too https://t.co/ScX67Kmmiy— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) October 15, 2017 Further actions against WeinsteinMilano called the Weinstein allegations “disturbing” in an essay last week, but added that the issue was complicated for her because she is friends with Weinstein’s wife, Georgina Chapman. Fashion designer Chapman has filed for divorce since the revelations.In another tweet that links to a blog post, Milano added: “While I am sickened and angered over the disturbing accusations of Weinstein’s sexual predation and abuse of power, I’m happy — ecstatic even — that it has opened up a dialogue around the continued sexual harassment, objectification and degradation of women. ”More than three dozen actresses have now come forward with allegations of sexual harassment or assault against Weinstein, including (top row from left) Asia Argento, Rosanna Arquette, Jessica Barth, Cara Delevingne, Romola Garai, Judith Godreche, Heather Graham, Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan, Lea Seydoux and Mira Sorvino. (Associated Press)Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday he has “started the procedures” to revoke Weinstein’s Legion of Honour award over the multiple accusations of sexual assault and harassment against him. Another American is among the few people to have lost the distinction: disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong.Macron also said he wants to speed up the legal procedures for investigating and prosecuting sexual harassment to encourage more women to come forward. French actresses are among those who have accused Weinstein of sexual wrongdoing.The Producers Guild of America is set to hold a special meeting Monday to discuss expelling Weinstein from its membership. The Oscar-winning producer was indefinitely suspended last week from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and expelled as a lifetime member of the U.S. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Saturday.Police in New York and London are investigating allegations of sexual assault against Weinstein, who through a spokesperson has denied all allegations of non-consensual sexual activity.THE ASSOCIATED PRESS / CBC Facebook This is what we’re up against – people like this creep #MeToo https://t.co/LAvr7gyRah— Gretchen Carlson (@GretchenCarlson) October 16, 2017 The call to action quickly trended, with notable names like Lady Gaga, Monica Lewinsky and Rosario Dawson alongside a massive wave of women — and men — identifying themselves as victims.All too pervasive… Me too. #MeToo #TogetherWeRise https://t.co/ju5K3USDt8— Rosario Dawson (@rosariodawson) October 16, 2017 Twitter #MeToo— Tatiana Maslany (@tatianamaslany) October 16, 2017 Me too. I don’t know if means anything coming from a gay man but it’s happened. Multiple times.— Javier Muñoz (@JMunozActor) October 15, 2017Others shared personal stories.Also tweeting in support was Milano’s former co-star on TV’s Charmed, Rose McGowan, who has accused Weinstein of raping her.#metoo pic.twitter.com/jHPYgsWCEw— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 16, 2017 Login/Register With: Advertisement Me, too #MeToo— Anika Noni Rose (@AnikaNoniRose) October 15, 2017 #MeToo https://t.co/VWssdltU3n— Monica Lewinsky (@MonicaLewinsky) October 16, 2017 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Former Manchester City defender joins RSL

first_imgFormer Manchester City defender Nedum Onouha has joined Major League Soccer (MLS) outfit Real Salt Lake, according to Sky Sports.The ex-England U-21 international who also played for Queens Park Rangers for six years, including three as club captain, since joining them from City in the summer of 2012, will continue his football career with the Utah based club.Onuoha has joined Real Salt Lake on a two-year deal which will also him play in next year’s MLS season and the club have an option to extend his contract for another year.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.The player also was rumored to have been drawn interest of a host of Sky Bet Championship clubs but he opted for a move to the United States instead.Real Salt Lake are currently tied for fourth place in the Western conference of the MLS standings and with the playoffs approaching ever closer, Onouha will be hoping to contribute to the team’s success before the end of the season.Onouha, who has West African heritage due to his parents is yet to appear in a competitive football game for the England senior national team and he also rejected the opportunity to represent Nigeria, the country of his parents back in 2010.last_img read more